By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Managing Director of Daivd Flyn Nigeria Limited (DFL), Engr. Patrick William O’Brien, an Irish contractor has bagged an award of excellence for his financial support to students as well as training of undergraduates from the Civil Engineering department of Cross River University of Technology, (CRUTECH) through the compulsory Industrial Training programme.
O’Brien, who has constructed numerous roads and bridges across Nigeria was given the honour during the Reunion/Award night organized by the CRUTECH Alumni association in Calabar.
Presenting the award, the National president of the association, Comrade Eyam Abeng, described the awardee as “a kind man and a trailblazer who has contributed in no small measure to training quality indigenous Civil Engineers”.
Eyam who commended governor, Ben Ayade for bringing him to the state said that, “unlike many contractors who have handled projects in the state and Nigeria at large, O’Brien is so passionate about delivering quality job as well as giving back to the society through various programmes”.
He said that many undergraduates from the institution especially the Civil Engineering department are currently having their Industrial Training programme in his company while many have been employed.
He further explained that O’Brien revolutionary vision include the building of the Thai Africa Rice City which is one of the signature projects of governor Ayade added to why he was selected for the award.
According to him, “the managing director of Daivd Flyn Nigeria Limited, is a rare gem. He is not only committed to delivery quality services which is evident in some of the projects he has handled and currently handling in the state but also has insatiable desire to give back to society.
“O’Brien as we speak has reasonable number of Cross River indigenes that he is supporting financially to pursue their academic programmes. Many of our undergraduate students from the Civil Engineering department This has given us the confidence that he’s not just here for contracts but to build a team of future indigenous engineers. For us, this is very commendable considering that he is from far away Ireland.
“As an association, we are very grateful to him for this because apart from this kind gesture, many Cross Riverians, CRUTECH Alumni inclusive are currently working with him and we have no doubt that he is inculcating this good morals in them.
The resident added that “from our background check, we have realised how he is working hard to support our dear Governor achieve his dream of industrializing the state like the CalaVegas which will be used for Barbecue night during the Carnival Calabar”.
Also, as a retired boxer, we understand he’s planning to set up a boxing club which will train young Cross Riverians on boxing very soon. Indeed, he has been very committed to the government of the day’s developmental agenda and we’re particularly grateful because CRUTECH graduates and students have been the highest beneficiaries of this commitment”.
Reacting to the award, O’Brien thanked the association for the recognition saying it will spur him to do more.
“I’m very grateful to the governor Ayade who has given me the opportunity to work in Cross River and also touch lives. To CRUTECH Alumni, I thank you for the honour, this will spur us to do more “.